T-Mobile received all the spotlight on Thursday, even with CES 2016 going on in Las Vegas. During the morning hours, the carrier announced fourteen new video providers would joining the Binge On. This is the initiative being used to not touch T-Mobile customers’ high-speed data. T-Mobile CEO John Legere also responded to criticism that the carrier was allegedly throttling video streaming. And then Team Magenta closed the day by announcing it had secured naming rights to Las Vegas’ new arena. A busy day indeed. And so busy that you may have missed John Legere dropping the beloved ‘F-bomb’ in response to a question asked on Twitter by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the very same nonprofit that came at T-Mobile with the detailed report to reveal the throttling.
Let’s first give a little rundown of Binge On’s existence up until Thursday morning:
- T-Mobile’s Binge On unlocks unlimited video streaming
- YouTube accuses T-Mobile of throttling video streaming
- YouTube says they aren’t throttling, they are optimizing
- T-Mobile’s Binge On “optimizations” are throttling all video streams to 1.5Mbps
So, in brief, T-Mobile has repeatedly denied it is throttling video streaming, opting to instead use the word “optimizing.” Honestly, it’s quite difficult to tell who is right or wrong. But when the world’s largest video-sharing site and a digital rights organization come at you, something must be going on.
Legere started a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday afternoon to clear the air and provide transparency on T-Mobile’s Binge On, but the executive was caught off guard when the EFF decided to participate and ask a question of its own. It seems Legere wasn’t even aware of the nonprofit’s existence despite their report from a few days ago:
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 7, 2016
That’s right. Legere, after being asked what exactly Binge On does to video streaming, responded with “Who the f— are you anyways, EFF? Why are you stirring up so much trouble, and who pays you?” It turns out, at least according to the man himself, that Legere is aware of who the EFF is. His questioning of the EFF’s identity was regarding their motive investigating Binge On. I guess Legere failed to see the EFF’s “Defending Your Rights In the Digital World” slogan.
The EFF called Legere’s video “colorful” and called upon its thousands of supporters to tell him exactly who the EFF is and what it does. Explore the hashtag #WeAreEFF on Twitter and you’ll see that people got vocal.
— EFF (@EFF) January 7, 2016
Now that the two parties are embroiled in a spat on Twitter, Legere is showing his 1.98 million followers this article published by PCMag in August 2012. It calls for the EFF’s background to be checked as the nonprofit receives a large amount of money from Google, causing people to believe that the organization may not be operating with the public’s interest at the forefront.
Let’s face it: John Legere is gonna be John Legere. It wouldn’t be a normal day if he wasn’t riling at least one person.
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation